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Primetime Pilot Panic: Screenings Updates

Nellie Andreeva

The marathon pilot screenings at the broadcast networks are in full force. While they are rarely the deciding factor in the networks’ final series pickup decisions, they help solidify early standouts’ frontrunner positions and sometimes breathe life into pilots that might have been written off too soon. Here are some updates I heard today. (If some pilots, like ALCATRAZ and POE, are not mentioned in this update, they are in the one from yesterday, so check out that one too.)

The only element of uncertainly about GOOD CHRISTIAN BITCHES‘ future as a new ABC series next season seems to be what it will be called as it will definitely won’t be GCB. After a great screening today, the dramedy executive produced by Darren Star appears a sure thing, possibly as a companion to Desperate Housewives given that it’s been referred to as “Desperate Housewives in Dallas.” Probably the biggest surprise today was the mixed reaction to Shonda Rhimes’ drama SCANDAL, once considered a lock. But with Rhimes behind it, the project is still in the running. Also mixed was the reaction to family/dance drama GRACE, which once again got praise for its elaborate dance sequences and not so much for the narrative. Still a possibility to run behind Dancing With the Stars. Early comedy favorites, SUBURGATORY and SMOTHERED, continue to fly high after good screenings today and yesterday, respectively. Reaction to the Jenna Elfman-starring comedy BAD MOM was more mixed. … Read More »

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Boris Kodjoe, Tom Arnold And Lenny Clarke Join Pilots

Nellie Andreeva

Undercovers star Boris Kodjoe has joined ABC’s pilot Georgetown, an ensemble drama about young staffers on Capitol Hill. Kodjoe, repped by Gersh and Untitled, will play the Democratic president’s fiercely intelligent senior adviser.

Tom Arnold has been cast in ABC’s half-hour pilot Other People’s Kids. The multicamera comedy centers on Adam (Jesse Bradford), a 32-year-old with no responsibilities who suddenly finds himself with an insta-family when he falls in love with an older woman, Michelle (Bonnie Sommerville), who has two kids, an ex-husband and ex-in-laws. Arnold, repped by Gersh and KLWG, will play the guest starring/recurring role of the lover of Michelle’s ex-husband’s mother’s (Judith Light).

Rescue Me alum Lenny Clarke has joined NBC’s comedy pilot Are You There Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea. Inspired by Chelsea Handler’s bestselling autobiographical book about her party-rich life in her 20s, the Warner Bros/.Werner Entertainment project centers on Chelsea Hanson (Laura Prepon), an alcohol-loving, oversexed cocktail waitress. Clarke will play her father, a big man with a big personality who, like his daughter, has no filter.

Comedian Mo Mandel has been cast in NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot Free Agents. The romantic comedy, based on the UK series of the same name, explores the … Read More »

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ABC Pilot Castings: Natalie Dormer To Star In ‘Poe’, Judith Light Joins ‘Kids’

Nellie Andreeva

The Tudors alumna Natalie Dormer is set as the female lead opposite Chris Egan in ABC’s drama pilot Poe. The project, from Warner Bros. TV and Lin Pictures, is a crime procedural following Edgar Allan Poe (Egan), the world’s very first detective, as he uses unconventional methods to investigate dark mysteries in 1840s Boston. Dormer, repped by ICM and U.K.’s United Agents, will play Celeste, a beautiful spitfire, with a firm moral center – the logical yin to Poe’s wildly theoretical yang. She owns the newspaper for which Poe writes, having inherited it from her fiancé who died in mysterious circumstances.

Judith Light has been tapped for a regular role in ABC’s half-hour pilot Other People’s Kids. The multicamera comedy, written by Hunter Covington and directed by Michael Fresco, centers on Adam (Jesse Bradford), a 32-year-old guy with no responsibilities who suddenly finds himself with an insta-family when he falls in love with an older woman, Michelle (Bonnie Sommerville) who has two kids, an ex-husband, and ex-in-laws. Light, repped by Gersh and TAO Management, will play Michelle’s ex-mother-in-law, an eccentric older woman living with her lover who likes to keep all 10 fingers deep in family matters.

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ABC Finds Leads For Drama ‘Poe’ And Comedy ‘Other People’s Kids’

By | Friday March 4, 2011 @ 8:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Chris Egan is set as the lead in ABC’s drama pilot Poe. The project, from Warner Bros. TV and Lin Pictures, is a crime procedural following Edgar Allan Poe (Egan), the world’s very first detective, as he uses unconventional methods to investigate dark mysteries in 1840s Boston. The casting stems from Egan’s talent deal with ABC. The actor previously played the lead in NBC’s drama Kings. Also cast in Poe today was The Legend of the Seeker alumna Tabrett Bethell as Poe’s muse.

Jesse Bradford (NBC’s Outlaw) has landed the lead in ABC’s half-hour pilot Other People’s Kids. The multicamera comedy, written by Hunter Covington and directed by Michael Fresco, centers on Adam (Bradford), a 32-year-old guy with no responsibilities who suddenly finds himself with an insta-family when he falls in love with an older woman (Bonnie Sommerville) who has two kids, an ex-husband, and ex-in-laws. Bradford also recurred on NBC’s The West Wing and co-starred in Flags of Our Fathers.


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Silas Weir Mitchell Joins NBC’s ‘Grimm’, Malcolm Barrett To ABC’s ‘Kids’

By | Tuesday February 22, 2011 @ 4:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: Prison Break alum Silas Weir Mitchell has landed a lead role opposite David Giuntoli in NBC’s drama pilot Grimm. Created by David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf and to be directed by Marc Buckland, Grimm is described as a dark but fantastical cop drama about a world in which characters inspired by Grimm’s Fairy Tales exist. It centers on Nick Burckhardt (Giuntoli), a good-looking detective who starts to see humans as  beast/animals and discovered that he has a legacy – to protect “humans” from these beasts. Mitchell will play Eddie Monroe, a reformed big bad wolf who has tamed his murderous instincts through a strict regimen of diet and Pilates. He starts helping Nick with his cases.  Mitchell, repped by Greene & Assoc., also recurred on NBC’s My Name Is Earl and will next be seen in the feature Heaven’s Rain.

Better Off Ted alum Malcolm Barrett has booked a role in ABC’s comedy pilot Other People’s Kids, which centers on Adam, a 32-year-old guy with no responsibilities who suddenly finds himself with an insta-family when he falls in love with an older woman who has 2 kids, an ex-husband, and ex-in-laws. Barrett will play Adam’s business partner and best friend. Barrett, repped by Gersh and Management 360, will next be seen in Larry Crowne and We the Peeples.

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ABC Picks Up Multicamera Family Sitcom

Nellie Andreeva

ABC has greenlighted another comedy pilot, Other People’s Kids. The project, from ABC Studios and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, was written by Hunter Covington and centers on a 32-year-old guy with no responsibilities who suddenly finds himself with an insta-family when he falls in love with an older woman who has 2 kids, an ex-husband, and ex-in-laws. Stacy Traub and Peter Traugott are executive producing.

New ABC programming chief Paul Lee has said that he believes in the multicamera sitcom form (He set out to prove it while at ABC Family with Melissa & Joey, which has done pretty well for the cable channel) and that he is mulling a return of ABC’s Friday TGIF sitcom block. He is certainly backing his words up with comedy pilot orders that have skewed heavily towards multicamera comedies so far with Other People’s Kids, Jack Burditt’s The Last Day of Man, Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen’s Work It and Smothered and Marisa Coughlan’s Lost and Found. And yet, ABC’s flagship comedy series that have already been renewed for next season – Modern Family, The Middle and Cougar Town – are all single-camera.

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